The Future God of Love By Dilman Dila ( Luna Novella #4)

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Summary from GoodReads

The Future God of Love is a romance fantasy, set in an African world where stories are essential for the survival of humanity.

Jamaaro, a struggling storyteller, is the future god of love and must create a story every full moon for the prosperity of his town.

When he falls in love with a strange woman, having known loneliness all his life, he ignores the clues that she might not be what she seems.

Trigger warning: Mention of Suicide and intention to commit suicide

This is my first time reading a book from this author and it is also my first time reading a book set in Uganda. And i loved it!

The story follows Jaamaro a future god of love who has writers block and cannot produce a story for his village. Jaamaro also has love problems…he cannot get and keep a girl to save his life. Because of loneliness, he nearly falls into a deadly trap that could have him and his gift dead! Now he has to go on his own personal journey to discover the nature of his gift and the truth surrounding a mysterious beauty that has him head over heels.

Ah Jaamaro my poor baby, i felt his sadness off the page. When you read it it may seem like he’s whining a lot but if you take your time and i implore you to if you pick up this book, you’ll discover that he is lonely and emotionally underdeveloped. Yet he bares the burden of being the Future God of love, a being who would one day be worshiped by Lovers from all over.

This 85 page story is short but packs a punch. I was intrigued by the new words i had to learn, while reading it you will get a feel of the words used, like Kwaro means God I think, going into the bush-Now you have to google that one yourself but the meaning is interesting. I do think a glossary was maybe necessary but at the same time i am okay with no glossary, i think you’ll appreciate looking up some words yourself and get to learn some.

In this book, the unique magic system is the story. The stories give life to a place and without them, the towns would be dried up and lifeless. So you can imagine the burden Jaamaro had to bear, producing a new story every month. Imagine if they told authors to produce books every month, i’m pretty sure they would be loads of cursing and burn out.

I liked that the stories that had to be created were not just written, they had to be acted out and had to be pictures and music to accompany it. One can image a big bun fire night where this story is told and i am sure it would be fun. You can also image how much this would be a big burden for someone to do EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH…bruh!

When it comes to the world building i think the unique spatial arrangement each community and town had was interesting. Each town was different and the arrangement and architecture reflected this.

This book is easily in my top 10 for this years favorites, and i lovedevery moment of it. I recommend every one to read it. i shall be reading the authors other work A fledgling Abiba which is also available on scribd. This book has a well deserved nomination and i hope you to pick it up and enjoy a different kind of fantasy.

I discovered this book through the African speculative fiction society, it is available on scribd to read for free , on the link to read a copy of it. (this link would give you a free 60 day trial)
Thank you for reading this post i hope liked it , please share and comment!

As always

Nelo- the booked unicorn

35 Romance Books To Read!

Happy Valentines Day!

I thought of a good recommendation list that covers a wide range of romance books. I think the only one i haven’t covered is historical romance, i have to brush up on that so if you have any Historical romance recommendations please recommend some for me to check out! ( Anything but Bridgeton, please).

So if you are looking to gift that special person in your life a book or treat yourself to a lovely book haul because you deserve it and you are cute! Here are some of my recommendations.

BDSM

I love a good BDSM romance story, here are some of my favorites

  • Taboo Series by Katee Roberts:
  • The Game Series by Cara Dee
  • Stroke of Midnight by K.Webster
  • Sugar Daddies by Jade West

Short stories

If you are looking for interesting short stories to finish up in one sitting, try these:

  • Go deep by Rizley Adams ( Key word here is Mentor Dick read more to find out what that is)
  • The Nanny by Brandy Bush
  • The Roommates by Brandy Bush
  • Love in color by Bolu Babalola ( A collection of short stories)
  • King Sized by Jessica kane
  • Queen Sized by Jessica Kane
  • The Family series by Katrina Jackson
  • Just one more by Jodie Slaughter
  • Neighborly by Katrina jackson

Alien Sci-fi Romance

This is usually a hit or miss genre for me. And for the love of pizza why do most of them have barbed dick? Well these ones don’t have barbed dick (hehe) but they have something extra or they are just well endowed. Enjoy them!

  • Grim ( The Tornians #1) by M.K Eidem
  • Horde Kings of Dakkar Series by Zoey Draven

Graphic Novel

  • Fangs by Sarah Anderson
  • Jack: The American ghost by Han Jihye; If you love horror comics check out this one its so good!( Available on Tapas App)
  • Little Moments of Love by Chetwynd Catana
  • Bingo Love Franklin Tee

Fantasy

  • Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
  • The Otherworld series by Emma Hamm
  • A charm of Magpie series by K.J Charles
  • Bewitched and Bewildered series by Alanea Alder
  • Happy Endings by Alice Winters narrated by Greg Bordeaux
  • Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie ( It has a nine-tailed fox!)

Reverse Harem

Because i hate love triangles and squares so let there be love for everyone!

  • The age of the Andinna series by Kristen Banet
  • My Lord, Lady and Gentleman by Nicola Davidson
  • Omega Academy Series by Lily Archer
  • The Dark side series by Kristy Cunning

Contemporary Romance

For the Modern day lover, enjoy these wonderful books!

  • A guy walks into my bar by Lauren Blakely Narrated by Shane East and Joe Arden
  • We only have until dawn
  • The Brown sister series by Talia Hibbert
  • The real Series by Katy Evans
  • In Tune by J.N Welsh ( Music and love!)
  • Manwhore series by Katy Evans

I think i missed out on PNR and Historical romance. If you have any recommendations under those genres or any of the above please leave them in the comments!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day and remember that you are worthy of love regardless of this day! You Matter every single day!

Thanks for reading! Please share and comment to help a unicorn out!

As Always,

Nelo- The Booked Unicorn

Hello, I Am Back

HELLO!!!!

Its been four months since i said…i need a damn break. And so i did take a break and it was glorious.

I felt my brain actually open up ( well not literally) after resting. I didn’t have to keep up with what’s coming out or the endless drama being that happens on book twitter.  It felt good to just read the books i have without worrying about if i am late on a review or if i am doing well enough on my blog or if i am posting enough to be called a legit blogger. Ah yes, i also ran out of ideas on what to post and i am seriously contemplating deleting some of my old posts but for sentimental reasons…I BLOODY HELL WILL because yeesh i read some  of them and asked who the fuck wrote this?

I am back and i will commit to posting three times a week, i will update my review policies when i catch the spirit to do so and i will review books ASAP. 

So if you are new to my blog, hey , hi welcome. If you have been with me for a while, i thank you for sticking with me. You’ll be seeing me more often this year! I hope I build a solid bookish fam from around the globe!

As Always,

Nelo- The Booked Unicorn

 

Blogtober Day 2: Halloween TBR

Its Day 2 of blogtober which means this is the time i declare my love for halloween and then mention that i give out garlic sweets to good kids.

Ah..but that’s not what the header said-

Today i bring you my Halloween TBR. This halloween i want to be scared shitless, i want to leave my lights before bed.

So here’s what i intend to read:

  1. Mexican Gothic: I heard this on has the spooks and i am ready to be scared.
  2. Lost Gods by Brom: A physical copy i got at waterstones, i am hoping
  3. No longer human by Junji Ito: Junji has been hailed by as the master of horror, and he is for a very good reason. I have seen some of his works and I am convinced home boy scares even the devil…so i’ll be reading his adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s no longer human. Say a prayer for me.
  4. Rivals! More Frenemies that changed the world: While this is not a scary one i have listened to the first version and i loved it, some interesting history of people being dickheads while altering history as we know it. Fun stuff
  5. The Visual MBA by Jason Barron: Non-fiction is scary because its reality…and i have to read this.

Well that is all for now. I will be taking part in the black sffathon which is starting on the 10th so i’ll be back with a list of what i plan on reading. So until then i’ll catch up with my tbr.

What are you reading for halloween?

Are you going trick or treating virtually?

Thank you for reading! Please like share and comment.

As Always,

Nelo-The Booked Unicorn.

Welcome to Blogtober!: But First Let’s Wrap-up

Hello My lovely humans!

Ah the dryness is sipping into the air here, Harmattan season is crawling up on us. For you elsewhere in the world its fall season, pumpkin spice latte season and HALLOWEEN! ( my favorite Holiday ever). Or maybe its summer or its already winter (goodluck).

Right now i am plotting my whole list of what to blog this month, its also my Bloggiversary this month 3 years since i started!

But first Let’s wrap-up last month.

What I Read

Higher is waiting by Tyler Perry: I am currently on a journey of healing and Tyler is one of the people i look up to, love him or hate him you cannot deny that the man has worked his way up from grass to grace. It’s a spiritual guidance book and it is packed with gems. For my Christian peeps and also non-Christian, If you are interested in healing soul, this book is a good start.

Emergency Skin By N.K Jemisin: My first book by the Queen and i loved it! Her writing is intelligent and her world building is superb. And that’s just from the glimpse i got, i am excited to go through her work.

The falling by [ J.C Owens]: I wasted money on this book and it pissed me the fuck off. It had so much premise, so much! And then it turned to shit in the middle and utter crap at the end.

How to Elude a Vampire by Alice Winters (VRC : Vampire related crimes): This book was actually better than the first one but it still had the problem of ”too much humor” so it was a good 3.5 stars. You may like it so try it out.

Comics

The Book of Chaos [Issues 1-4]

[ARC] Slaughterhouse- five by Kurt Vonnegut adapted by Ryan North: Mama i read a classic this year! My theory is that all classics should be graphic novels, that way people would read them. Ryan North did a brilliant adaptation of this book and i cannot recommend it enough.

Fatale [Volume 1 and 2] by Ed Brubaker: If you are looking for a halloween comic try this one, there are five volumes and the first two are available on kindle unlimited.

Audiobooks

Emergency Skin: I read and listened to it, Jacob Isaacs did a wonderful job.

The gentleman from Peru by Andre Aciman: Yes he’s the one that wrote call me by your name, no i am not going to read that book because…no. However, I love reincarnation and past lives stories so i picked up this one because of that. I hated the female lead she was in my opinion insufferable. Raul deserved better.

A villain for Christmas by Alice Winters: Now this i did enjoy, i think in this book Alice used the humor properly and it was fun to listen to. August and Landon were the cutest people ever. Do check this one out, it makes an entertaining reading.

The Zeta Family by Gretchen Enders: I read this because of Inkish Kingdoms and i loved it! Its a wacky story about Katie who joins a cult to get an expose on the leader Zeta Doug, when she gets there things aren’t what they seem and their members are also wacky! Another fun listen my dudes get on this.

Life

Well i started a healing journey, i realized i have been carrying a lot of junk in my mind and they were weighing me down. One of them is fear, i am afraid of so many things i realized that i am not as adventurous as i used to be. I will be turning 26 soon and i want to leave that all behind and start being the person i need to be. Learning to forgive myself and be patient is sometimes hard, i find myself slipping into nihilistic mindsets and i have to jerk myself out of them if not i’ll become Neet 2.0 ( my anime peeps know).

Anime

I am back to watching anime again although its mainly old ones ( no i haven’t watched God of highschool yet i will binge it soon). Here’s what i watched in September

  • Shinchou Yuusha : Kono Yuusha Ore tuee Kise Ni shinchou ( the over cautious hero)
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • Mangaka san to assistant-san

And that’s pretty much it for my wrap-up

What did you read,watch or do in September?

please leave a link to your blog post in the comments

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Welcome to Blogtober again!

As always,

Nelo- The Booked Unicorn

Monthly Wrap-up: August 2020 + September TBR

Hello!

Alright we are in the last quarter people, buckle up we can get through this disaster of a year!

August was a good month for me aside from the sad news of the Chadwick Boseman passing on. It put a damp on my spirit. I felt like i lost my hero. I pray he is at peace with God.

Here’s what i read this month:

  • Meet Cute Cub by Jack Harbon ( 3.5 stars)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akaweke Emezie (5 stars)
  • The Red by Tiffany Reisz ( 4 ‘smexy’ stars)
  • Cheat(er) Code by S.A Foxe ( A+ smut)
  • The forgotten beasts of Eld by Patricia. A McKillip ( 4 stars)
  • Gifting me to his best friend by Katee Robert ( A+ Smut)
  • Object of his desire by Ava March ( 2.5 stars)
  • Pleasures of Somerville Park by Ava March (2.5 stars)
  • So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3 stars)
  • The Hitman by Katrina Jackson (3 stars)

For September Here’s what i hope to read

  • Gilded Wolves
  • Silver Serpents [ARC]
  • David Mogo, GodHunter
  • Slaughterhouse Five ( the comic) [ARC]
  • The Invisible life of Addie La Rue [ARC]
  • And maybe two more ARC’s

Recipe to try this month

I want to start making my own body creams so i have been scouring pinterest for Cocoa butter recipes to try. I chose cocoa butter because i want to smell like chocolate 24/7 and also because of the benefits it has on the skin. I found this recipe on Little green dot and that’s what i’ll be going with, it should be easy to do.

3/4 cocoa butter + 1/4 coconut oil

  • Melt them together in a bain marie
  • freeze the mixture for 20 minutes
  • whip it with a handheld mixer

Learning

I am currently reading up on adaptogens and how they help the body, from regulation of hormones to boosting of moods. I’ll link them at the bottom if you are interested take a peek.

I am also planning on reading Storm in a teacup : the physics of everyday life by Helen Czerski and the lean Startup by Eric Ries.

Life In General

I am hoping for a mental transformation this month. I started a bullet journal and also the Chloe Ting Challenge i am on day two and i want to die already. I have plans which i can’t talk about yet but i am working towards them. I am committed to enjoying the process and learning how to be patient with myself.

And that’s all. I pray September treats everyone well. I pray for transformations where you need them.

What plans do you have for September ( Reading, blogging or life)? Let me know in the comments below!

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Links

Adaptogens ( 45 min video)

Adaptogens

Chloe Ting 2020 Shred Challenge

P.s: I stil hate this new editor.

Thanks for reading!

As Always,

Nelo-The Booked Unicorn

Books To Read ASAP

Hello Beautiful humans!

Sometimes when i think about all the books i haven’t read i feel a mixture of dread and joy. Dread because OMG I HAVE A LOT TO GET THROUGH and joy because..i’ll always have something to read.

That being said here are some books i hope to finish up this year:

  1. The Night circus by Erin Morgenstern: this is a reread for me, i like black out and can’t remember anything about it except for the fact that this book got me addicted to going to the circus, don’t ask why i like watching people do acrobatic stuff
  2. Black leopard Red Wolf by James Marlon: I stopped at 289 and then boom i can’t remember shit…so yeah i need to revisit this
  3. The wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S Villoso: I was in the mood for a female monarch stabbing people ( well it looked like that from the cover).
  4. Entreat me by Grace Draven: If you are new here, hi I am a Grace Draven Stan. It’s one of her older books and it’s a beauty and the beast retelling…i never get tired of those.
  5. Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson: Already started it, i like it so far. I appreciate a good whodunnit and this book is shaping up to be one.
  6. The Book of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin: I have started this and dear lord do i want to shake Ged in the head. I am on a break but as soon as i get over the naivety,i’ll get back to it
  7. Locke & Key series by Joe Hill: This is a reread and one i am looking forward to enjoying again. But with the lights on.
  8. Saga by Brian k. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I want to reread book one and then start book two and three. I think i have collected enough time to read.
  9. Skulduggery pleasant series by Derek Landy: I stopped at book three the last time and i forgot everything ( i think we are beginning to see a theme here) so i listened to book one and i am currently listening to book two, i want to see where i can get up to before i give up on the series ( which is on likely because Rupert Degas can serenade me anytime anyday)
  10. The daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor: I always say i am going to reread this book but my lazy ass never does. So this year i have brought it out of my book box and kept it beside my bed so that it can keep judging me if i do not reread it. It will be a third reread.

As always i encourage you to click on the linkys and check out the books!

Which one’s have you read? Which ones are you planning to reread? and which one is a new one to check out?

As Always,

Nelo- The Booked Unicorn

Book Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Hello Beautiful people

I wanted to post my monthly wrap up but this was more important. I read the death of Vivek oji by Akwaeke Emezi and i cried.

Th death of vivek oji

Tittle: The death of Vivek Oji

Genre: Lgbt+, Adult fiction, Nigerian Fiction

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Date Published:4/08/2020

Summary from GR

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

The review

*this E-ARC was given to me in exchange for a review via Netgalley all opinions are my own*

This book was on the list of my anticipated books of 2020 . To be honest from the title i don’t know why i was expecting a happy ending. This is not really a spoiler but seriously Vivek is dead. At first i was thinking it was one of those haha he’s not really dead but let’s make it seem so and then boom we will reveal the truth at the end.

Boy was i wrong.

The book starts from the end to unravel how and why Vivek died. It takes you on a journey from his childhood to his short adult life.

So how do you review a book that made you bawl out in tears?

I don’t know but i’ll try.

Be warned that there’ homophobic issues in this book. And a questionable kinda love between cousins.

Okay here we go, i’ll try to make this spoiler-free as possible.

To get to the bottom of how Vivek died, we are introduced to the main characters and side characters early on. Now when reading this book i want you to pay attention to those side characters, they play an important part and in the end it circles back to them. Do not think the orange seller is not important, she is.

Family, religion, betrayal, friendship are deeply rooted in this book. Everything is connected, maybe everyone is responsible for his death.

At first we see a tight knit family. Chika and Varita are the parents of Vivek while Ekene and Mary are the parents of Osita. Ekene and Chika are Blood brothers, the children of Ahunna. Osita and Vivek are only children of their parents and so they are brothers, very close. The Nigerwives, a group of foreign wives who band together, Varita is in this group because she is Indian. Their children go on to form their little family that would become useful years later.

What i saw here was pure trust, trust that allows you to go to your friends house and eat their food, Sleepovers without questions . The kind of trust that you can tell your friends and inlaws anything and they will help you. It was beautiful to read, especially amongst the children who grew up later to deepen this bond they have.

But then as always something is always lying in wait to destroy good things.

Religious fanaticism, this might trigger some people in this book but be aware that its there. It was a difficult part for me to read, it was like i felt Viveks pain what he went through here. Akwaeke makes the reader see what it’s like to be different in a place where ”different” means you are sent from the devil/possessed. I felt anger and betrayal and i understood why Vivek had to hide from his family.

Some People can’t see softness without wanting to hurt it-Vivek

I loved Vivek’s friends, they allowed him to be himself, no questions asked. They supported him and protected him, it made me happy to see a support group like this. They became his found family. 

The love interest is taboo and i don’t know how i found myself okay with it…. but here i am…telling you that i somehow found myself okay with it. Maybe you will, or maybe you’ll run to the hills. 

EDIT: I loved the Igbo lore  in this: reincarnation (we can argue about how this is real later) . Vivek is the reincarnation of his grandmother and the way it happened was incredibly spooky. I loved this! I loved seeing my language and lore in this book, and i noticed it wasn’t Italicized! I don’t know if there’s a glossary of words at the end of the printed book, but google will help you with some words. 

I would also like to point out that although the pronoun He is used often, Vivek is gender-fluid and towards the end a different name or rather the name she was supposed to have was used. You will see how reincarnation played into this.

I liked the way the story is written, flashbacks are interwoven with the present, we have POV’s for the Mc’s and third person narration. I found it easy to read and i liked the way it written its beautiful to read. 

In conclusion: Listen, this book is heartbreakingly beautiful. It’s not meant to  give you a happy ending, but it will make you think and in a way make you softer and more empathetic. I can’t promise it will make you a better friend without you trying to be one and if you are a parent it will teach you to listen. I highly recommend this. It has the Unicorn seal of approval. So yeah get reading.

 

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Nelo-the Booked Unicorn.

Recommendations: Scribd Books Audiobooks #1

Hello Beautiful humans,

I have been subscribed to Scribd for three years now and i actually enjoy the service ( aside from me losing my mind when i see the ” not available in your country”).

I have come up with Five audiobooks on scribd i absolutely recommend you listen to!

  1. Lord of the rings Audio book Narrated by Rob Inglis: I love that Rob sings the songs in the book. I am currently listening to it and reading the book. It is an experience, it takes you on the journey to destroy the ring. I love love love it! 
  2. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Narrated by Ione Butler: I am currently listening to this and its heaven! Zafir and Danika are mutually pining for each other in secret while fake dating.  Ione did a splendid job and it’s on scribd so go  go go. #DrRugbae ( psst side not, Get a life, Chloe Brown is also there and it’s wonderful)
  3. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson Narrated by Kate Rudd: The ebook is also available to read. I find this book fascinating and i am curious to see how Stevie Bell will solve the case.
  4. Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy Narrated by Rupert Degas: I am on book three and this is one of the best thought out series I have ever read! It’s such an adventure and it gets better with every installation.
  5.  The rest of us just live here by patrick Ness Narrated by James Fouhry: What i like about this book was how ”normal” it was. Here, the special kids are relegated to the background while we get a front view to the normal kids lives. I enjoyed it because of that and the narrator’s voice drew me in.

For $8.99 a month you get a whole library of books! And I know the service isn’t perfect but it does offer a ton of options than kindle unlimited. Eline from lovely Audiobooks wrote a post about different audiobook services, you can read it here .

*Referral link shared here

If you are interested in a 60 day free reading from scribd you can click here to join. What happens is you get 60 days free and i get 30 days free.

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to share and comment.

 

As always,

Nelo- The Booked Unicorn.

June 2020 Wrap up

Hello and welcome!

Its July we are alive, reading and keeping up the social distancing.

How are you? How are you feeling?

I hope you are taking care of yourself, wearing a mask, taking care of your mental health and keeping a safe distance.

We will get through this eventually

So here’s what i was up to in June:

Books

I read four books last month and then had a book slump. I think it’s because i was trying to read everything at once in order to distract my mind and then my brain went ‘ i think the fuck not ma’am”.

I will be writing mini-reviews for all these books soon but believe me when i tell you they were awesome.

(Images from Goodreads)

Music

i have been bumping to Chloe x Halle’s New album  Ungodly Hour. Get on it people it’s heaven to the ears.

ungodly hour

Also Mr Harry styles can sing ( No i never willingly listened to a 1D song). Watermelon sugar from his album Fine line is a bop

Harry stylrs

If you love Epic music ( Movie scores, fantasy music) check out Sessions music albums; Heroes ( 2020) and The Untold (2016). Beautiful stuff.  Audiomachine remixed popular classic songs and made them sound more badass in the album Reimagined. Lastly i would also recommend Forgotten odes by Eternal Eclipse.

Welcome new subscribers! and a special shout out to the Euphoriczat for reading my post! Go check out her posts on Kpop music, film and books.

Thank you for reading! I am aiming to post at least three times a week so my post tomorrow will be the mini reviews i promised.

Have a blessed and safe week!

As always,

Nelo-Booked Unicorn